The REVD Dr Thomas Bray is not well known, but he bequeathed a significant legacy to the world church. In 1696 he was appointed Bishop of London’s Commissary for Maryland, a job that involved recruiting clergymen to work in America. In 1698 he set up SPCK - the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. In 1700 Bray visited the colony himself, and his experiences there prompted him to obtain a Royal Charter establishing the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG) . . .